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Research In Motion BlackBerry Bold and Curve mobile phones receive NFC MasterCard credit card access

Candian mobile phone maker RIM has announced two of their BlackBerry handsets have gained MasterCard PayPass abilities for NFC based contactless payments - where the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based devices to gain this accreditation.

The effectively means carriers globally will now have access to the first NFC smartphones certified as MasterCard PayPass approved phones, where Orange will be amongst the first mobile phone networks to benefit from MasterCard certification awarded to RIM.

This was granted off the back the two BlackBerry smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability and security requirements of MasterCard.

This now means any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones.

BlackBerry smartphones are already being used for NFC functions, with Orange believing mobile NFC has the potential to enable a new revolution in mobile by further connecting people’s mobile digital world with the physical world around them.

France Telecom – Orange is the first operator worldwide to have commercial NFC launches in two countries, UK and France, with trials in several European markets.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.